Mandating Covid vaccine passports may scare people away from getting a shot, says ex-CDC chief
Former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden told CNBC on Thursday he believes making so-called Covid vaccine passports mandatory may be ill-advised because it could deter Americans from wanting to receive the shot.
“I think a vaccination certificate is something that you should have the right to have but not be forced to have,” said Frieden, who led the public health agency under former President Barack Obama.
In an interview on “Closing Bell,” Frieden noted some countries may seek to require people to be vaccinated in order to travel there and some workplaces may implement vaccination mandates. For those reasons, it’s sensible for there to be a way people can easily show proof they have received the vaccine, he said.